New panel member appointed for the proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development project

    OTTAWA, Dec. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency today announced the appointment of Gerry DeSorcy to the joint panel
reviewing the proposed EnCana Shallow Gas Infill Development project in the
Suffield National Wildlife Area in Alberta. The federal Minister of the
Environment and the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) appointed Gerry
DeSorcy as the EUB member to the panel. He will replace John Nichol who
recently retired from the EUB. Mr. DeSorcy will join Bob Connelly, the Chair,
and Bill Ross on the joint panel.
    Biographical information on the new panel member is available in the
accompanying backgrounder. Further information on this review is available on
the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at under
registry number 05-05-15620.
    EnCana Corporation proposes to install, over a three-year period, up to
1275 new shallow gas wells within the boundary of the Canadian Forces Base
Suffield National Wildlife Area (NWA), located in southeastern Alberta,
approximately 50 km northwest of Medicine Hat and 250 km southeast of Calgary.
The project is in addition to the existing natural gas development activities
within the NWA and includes the physical works and the activities associated
with the preparation, construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment
of the shallow gas wells, pipelines and supporting infrastructure.

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental effects
of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in support of
sustainable development.



    G.J. (GERRY) DESORCY, BSc., P.Eng.

    Mr. DeSorcy is a Regulatory Consultant with 51 years experience at
technical and administrative levels. He spent 38 years with the Alberta Energy
and Utilities Board (EUB) and was extensively involved in policy development
and the application of policies regarding technical, conservation, business
and environmental issues and sustainable development. He worked at many levels
throughout the EUB organization dealing with all aspects of regulation, and
was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at the time of his retirement. He was
also the initial Chairman of the Natural Resources Conservation Board.
    Since his retirement from the EUB, Mr. DeSorcy has consulted on a variety
of general, legal, policy and technical energy and environment related
regulatory matters for governments and private companies in Canada and
elsewhere. In this capacity, he has provided advice on the development of a
number of regulatory systems and chaired a number of reviews of public policy
issues. He has also served as an arbitrator and as an expert witness on a
variety of energy related matters.
    Mr. DeSorcy has also developed and lectured in a credit course on oil and
gas regulation at the University of Calgary and has lectured on regulation in
an oil sands technology course.

For further information:

For further information: Lucille Jamault, Senior Communications Advisor,
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 957-0434

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